You can lose the weight you have always wanted if you set your mind to it! Are you ready to take the necessary steps to achieve the body of you have always dreamed of?

The biggest obstacle you have to address is actually your self-discipline and willpower.

You may have fallen into a bad daily habit cycle. The cycle starts with eating a bad diet full of bad fats, simple carbs, and processed foods. It is these types of foods that make you feel tired and lazy continuously. Then, because your body has been sucked of the necessary energy you need to maintain an active lifestyle, you don’t feel much like working out.

So what’s the end game? You end up with no willpower whatsoever and you feel terrible and hopeless.

But there is hope! You can make the changes necessary if you truly want to lose those unwanted pounds, you first have to work on building the willpower to make it happen.

Here’s a list of things to consider when building up your willpower:

1. Don’t Wait For Something negative To Happen. Your willpower is inside of you and you don’t want something bad to happen in order to expose it.

  • We’ve all heard the stories about someone suffering a terrible trauma, such as a heart attack, and how that life event brings about a permanent change in their habits. You don’t a bad thing this to happen to you in order to get you motivated!

2. Pay Attention To Your Portion Size. This is one tip that can allow you to start small. It’s hard to work on your willpower if you’re trying to go from one extreme to another. Decide that you’re going to enjoy the same food tonight that you would normally eat – but give yourself a smaller portion size.

  • One trick is to use smaller plates so the plate visually appears full.

3. Give Yourself A Cheat Day. It’ll be an easier change for you if you allow yourself some time to adjust once in a while. Tell yourself that next Saturday you can enjoy that pizza for dinner or that ice cream for dessert. You’ll be less likely to toss in the towel knowing that you can eat some pizza next Saturday instead of “never.”

  • Your “cheat” day doesn’t mean “eat like a pig” day.
  • Enjoy the flavors of the food you eat, even if it means having a smaller piece than you’re used to. Once you’ve finished what is on your plate, your willpower needs to kick in and say “no more!”

4. Take Pictures of yourself. You can motivate yourself to lose weight by taking some self-portraits. We usually don’t have the best idea about how we truly look until we see ourselves in a photograph or even a mirror. Keep a picture with you and look at it when you feel like giving up.

  • Update your photo often and compare them as you start to drop the weight.

5. Make A Grocery List. Write down all the foods you enjoy eating, then decide whether or not these items are healthy or not. Chances are there are at least some healthy foods that you actually enjoy eating – such as fruits and vegetables. Make sure you start buying these foods for your home and eliminate the unhealthy choices.

6. Exercise Consistently. Adding exercise to your routine can also be a daunting task if you try to jump in too fast. Nobody is telling you that you need to join a gym and engage in rigorous workouts if that’s not your style. You’ll actually be surprised at how energized you can feel just by taking a 30-minute walk, three times a week. Just be consistent, and build on it.

7. Set Small Goals. No matter how you decide to approach your weight loss, it’s important to start with small goals and remain in good spirits. Doing too much, too fast will only set you up for failure. Instead, set small, manageable goals like one pound per week, or walking 3 times a week. By focusing on the smaller, more attainable goals, you’ll actually see results far more quickly.

In the end, remember to reward yourself for the positive results. After all, you deserve it! Once you have established the willpower to succeed at weight loss, you can succeed at anything in your life.